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USS BORIE (DD-215)


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CLASS - CLEMSON
Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles, at 15 knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Parsons Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on April 30 1919.
Launched October 4 1919 and Commissioned March 24 1920.
Fate Borie sank from damage received after ramming U-405 in the North Atlantic November 2 1943.
27 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Borie 68kAdolph Edward Borie was born in Philadelphia, Pa., 25 November 1809. He was a successful merchant and served as Secretary of the Navy (5 March-22 June 1869) in the cabinet of President U. S. Grant. Mr. Borie died in Philadelphia 5 February 1890. Photo ID: cwpbh 00548, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to

TASK UNIT TWENTY-ONE POINT FOURTEEN
Consisting of the
U.S.S. CARD, U.S.S. BARRY, U.S.S. BORIE, U.S.S. GOFF
And VC SQUADRONS ONE AND NINE

for service as set forth in the following

Citation:
"For extraordinary performance during anti-submarine operations in mid-Atlantic from July 27 to October 25, 1943. At a time when continual flow of supplies along the United States-North Africa convoy route was essential to the maintenance of our established military supremacy and to the accumulation of reserves, the CARD, her embarked aircraft and her escorts pressed home a vigorous offensive which was largely responsible for the complete withdrawal of hostile U-boats from this vital supply area. Later, when submarines returned with deadlier weapons and augmented anti-aircraft defenses, this heroic Task Unit, by striking damaging blows at the onset of renewed campaigns, wrested the initiative from the enemy before actual inception of projected large-scale attacks. Its distinctive fulfillment of difficult and hazardous missions contributed materially to victorious achievements by our land forces."
For the President,
/s/ Frank Knox Secretary of the Navy
Borie 110kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of GMGC Ralph E Turpin, USNFR, West Haven, CT. U.S. Navy Photograph.Pete Sundstrom
Borie 90kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Borie 213kUndated, in port in China. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Borie 93kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Smith Thompson 105kUndated, USS Borie (DD-215), USS Barker (DD-213) and USS Smith Thompson (DD-212) in Shanghai. Notice windows broken on bridge from heavy seas on our way up from Manila. Photo taken by Tom McLaughlin.Wayne McLaughlin
Borie 83kUSS Borie (Destroyer # 215/DD-215) Underway, circa 1920-1922. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 56518.Robert Hurst
Borie 132kUSS Hovey (DD-208) and USS Borie (DD-215) in Brest, France on Washington's birthday February 22 1920 from the Frederick Wood collection.Stanley Svec
Borie 130kUSS Borie (DD-215) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Borie 103kUSS Trever (DD-339) (at left) follows USS Zane (DD-337) -- in the center -- and USS Borie (DD-215) as they make a high speed turn at Kelp Point, off Hecate Island, during their 1937 Alaska cruise. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Borie 120kUSS Patterson (DD-392) Moored at the outboard end of a nest of destroyers, 25 April 1938. Other identifiable ships in the group include USS Henley (DD-391) and USS Borie (DD-215). Note that main gun directors have been temporarily removed from atop Patterson's and Henley's pilothouses.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Borie 51kAt Singapore in the late 1930's. U. S. Navy photoJoe Radigan
Borie 57kCirca 1939, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Borie 61k1942 image showing her final appearance.-
Borie 123kNew York, July 9 1943.Ed Zajkowski
Borie 72kOn the Atlantic, smoking badly from internal fires, listing badly and down by the stern, the gallant old four-stacker destroyer, USS Borie, is shown just before she was sunk by torpedo bombers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Card. The Borie, the day before had blasted one Nazi sub to the bottom, while acting as an escort to the Card, and then rammed a second enemy U-Boat. The collision opened her seams and, the next day, her skipper, Lt. (now Lt. Comdr.) C.H. Hutchins gave the order to abandon ship. U.S. Navy official photo from ACME. Photo from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military HistoryBill Gonyo
Borie 82kOn 1 November 1943 she rammed and sank the surfaced German submarine U-405 in 4900' N., 3114' W. With 27 men lost and too badly damaged by the collision to be towed to port, Borie sank 2 November 1943.Robert Hurst
Borie 74kUSS Barry (DD-248) and USS Borie (DD-215) as photographed from the USS Card (CVE-11) on 2 November 1943 in the Atlantic. The Borie (low in the water, right) sank shortly after being photographed due to severe bow damage sustained after ramming U-405 the night before (Treasure Island Museum-SFCB). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

USS BORIE DD-215 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edgar Fitch Clement    Mar 24 1920 - ?
LCDR Alger Herman Dresel    ? 1922 - ?
LCDR George Edgar Brandt    Jun 17 1925 - ?
LCDR George Hudson Fort    ? 1926 - ?
LCDR Paul Seymour Theiss    Jun 1 1927 - ?
LCDR Robert John Walker    ? 1931 - 1932
LCDR Charles Doyle Leffler Jr.    ? 1932 - ?
LCDR Karl Rathburn Shears    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR Henry Luther Pitts    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Joseph William McColl Jr.    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Frederick Leavenworth Riddle    1938 - 1939
CDR Robert Melvin Morris    1939 - Sep 30 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR Harry Fanker Miller    Sep 30 1940 - May 16 1942
LCDR Philip Ransom Osborn    May 16 1942 - Jun 6 1943
LT Charles Harris Hutchins    Jun 6 1943 - Nov 1 1943

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